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Graeme McDowell to create once-­in-­a-­lifetime caddie experience for wounded hero during the Masters

Graeme McDowell
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April 6, 2016

AUGUSTA, Georgia– Moet Hennessy USA, leading importer and marketer of luxury wines, spirits and champagnes in North America, will underscore its longstanding support for the men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces by inviting Army Corporal Kevin McCloskey to participate in the Wednesday Par-­3 Contest at the 2016 Masters Tournament as the personal caddie for PGA TOUR player Graeme McDowell. CPL McCloskey will be joined by his wife and caregiver, Bridget. 

"We are indebted to CPL McCloskey and all of our courageous military members and their families, who make innumerable sacrifices so that all Americans can enjoy a level of freedom and quality of life unmatched around the world,” said Moet Hennessey North America’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Clerkin. “We are grateful to Graeme McDowell and Birdies for the Brave for enabling us to help show this extraordinary young man our sincere appreciation during one of golf’s most iconic professional golf tournaments.”

A native of Elkins Park, Penn., CPL McCloskey was driving in a convoy with the 506th Infantry Regiment (4th Bridgade), 101st Airborne Division, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED). CPL McCloskey doesn’t remember much of the accident, but has been told that he saw the pressure board and swerved to avoid it, taking the majority of the blast himself. The explosion resulted in the loss of both legs, vision loss in his right eye, extensive burns and a traumatic brain injury. CPL McCloskey, a competitive athlete in high school, didn’t think he would be able to play or compete in sports again, but soon found a love for golf. He credits the game with helping him rehabilitate both physically and psychologically. CPL McCloskey was first introduced to Birdies for the Brave, a national military outreach initiative supported by the PGA TOUR, through the non­profit military charity, Homes for Our Troops, and subsequently participated in Birdies for the Brave’s Callaway Warrior Club Fitting program in 2015.

On Thursday, CPL McCloskey and his wife will enjoy premium views of the first round of the Masters as guests of Moet Hennessey USA and Birdies for the Brave.

For more information on Birdies for the Brave, please visit www.birdiesforthebrave.org.

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